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Wolf Wrong That Report Backs Death Penalty Moratorium


HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf has twice claimed that a state Senate report released this summer recommended continuing his moratorium on the death penalty. The Democrat, who has called Pennsylvania’s death penalty system “ineffective, unjust, and expensive,” instituted the moratorium shortly after taking office in 2015, fulfilling a campaign promise. He said it would remain in place until he could review the Senate report, which was already years in the making when he took office. Although Pennsylvania has 144 people on death row, the most recent execution was nearly two decades ago. Capital punishment is a politically divisive issue in the state, and Wolf has a month left in a re-election campaign against Republican gubernatorial candidate, Scott Wagner, who is a supporter of the death penalty. During an Oct. 1 debate with Wagner and in a meeting with the editorial board in Harrisburg on Monday, Wolf contended the report recommended continuing the moratorium. Wolf is wrong when he claims the report released in June recommended he continue the moratorium.It made no mention of Wolf’s moratorium, and took no position about whether the death penalty should remain in place.


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